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Rt Hon Alan Johnson MP names his Radical Hero

Rt Hon Alan Johnson MP names his Radical Hero

The Rt Hon Alan Johnson MP unveiled the list of ‘100 Radical Heroes’ at the centre of a new fundraising campaign from the People’s History Museum at a reception at the House of Commons this week.

19 November 2014

Alan Johnson MP with Katy Ashton and Lord John Monks © Rod Leon

Alan Johnson PHM Radicals launch © Rod LeonInspired by these revolutionary thinkers of past and present, Johnson pledged his support by announcing his very own Radical Hero to be added to the line-up.

Over the coming months, the museum is seeking to sign up 100 people or organisations to sponsor a Radical Hero. Bringing the list of radicals to a total of 101 was Johnson’s personal hero, Scottish trade union activist, orator, politician and journalist, James ‘Jimmy’ Reid. Reid was famously one of the leaders in the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders Work-in and also a great supporter of Scottish independence.

Commenting on the campaign, Johnson said, ‘The People’s History Museum is the only place dedicated to telling the story of British people’s fight for democracy. The legacies of these great social and political pioneers are a precious gift and support for this campaign is vital to ensuring that these stories can continue to be told’.

The list of radicals features politicians, suffragists, campaigners and writers, among others. Prime Ministers in the line-up include William Gladstone, Stanley Baldwin, Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair. Early feminists also appear, with Nancy Astor, the first woman to sit as an MP and suffragist writer and activist Charlotte Despard. Others include Viv Anderson, the first black footballer to represent England, writer George Orwell, songwriter and musician Billy Bragg and gay rights activist Leo Abse.

Sponsorship will cost £3,000 per radical and the funds raised will go directly to support the museum’s historical collections, exhibitions and ongoing Learning Programme.

The Radical Heroes sponsorship campaign is just one of the ways people can get involved in supporting the museum. Find out more and see the live list of radicals.

To pledge support, please contact Kim Gowland on 0161 838 9190 or email